How to Use the Spiritual Fitness Journal
1. Planning for Spiritual Fitness — In this section you can keep your Bible Reading calendar (you can print one from the internet: many websites offer various plans). It is a wonderful thing if you can read through your Bible each year. But you have to plan for that! It has to be a priority in your life. My suggestion is to make your devotional time the first activity in your day. You can also include a personal prayer journal in this section or three-hole punch your church prayer sheet.
2. Knowing My God — In this section are pages for you to fill out as you read through your Bible daily. You are learning about who He is. You can choose the qualities or characteristics of God that you want to focus on. Examples of titles for your pages could be, “My God IS LOVE,” “My God IS MERCIFUL,” “My God HATES SIN,” or “My God is SOVEREIGN OVER NATURE.”
3. Knowing What My God Wants – In this section are more pages for you to fill out as you read through your Bible daily. This is another way of learning about God. You are learning about what He wants. Some examples of titles for your pages could be, “My God wants me OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS,” “My God wants me to FOLLOW HIM,” “My God wants me to LOVE OTHERS,” “My God wants me to FEAR ONLY HIM.”
Using your Spiritual Fitness Journal is a way to become Spiritually Fit as you consume His Word, applying it to your life through meditation. As you fill out these pages and add more (you can reproduce these pages for yourself), you will find that your notebook will become filled with your knowledge about God. As you struggle with fear, for instance, you can apply God’s Word to your life by reading through all the Bible verses on the page you have titled: “My God wants me to FEAR ONLY HIM.” If you have filled out pages about “My God is SOVEREIGN OVER NATURE” or “My God SUPPLIES ALL MY NEEDS” or “My God IS MY DEFENDER,” you can apply those verses also to the problem of fear.
This notebook will not only bless you and help you to grow spiritually, but can also be your tool as the Lord helps you to feed others His Word and to become a “Spiritual Fitness Coach” to others around you. My own life has been transformed as I have used this notebook. I pray yours will be also. May God bless you and use you in the place He has put you!
If you choose to use this notebook, I would love to hear if it has been a blessing to you.
If you want to read more about this type of devotional notebook, I derived the idea from the excellent book, What Do I Know About My God? by Mardi Collier. I highly recommend that you read her book.